Police seize central Rome shops in 'Ndrangheta sweep
Property worth 420 million euros confiscated from mafia gangs13 March, 12:11
Properties, luxury vehicles and financial assets worth 420 million euros belonging to 40 alleged 'Ndrangheta affiliates were seized in Rome and the surrounding Lazio province as well as in Calabria. The Cafe Fiume, near Rome's central Piazza Fiume, and construction companies were among the assets confiscated in the sweep. The seizures were ordered after investigators uncovered substantial differences between the assets held by the suspected 'Ndrangheta members and their declared income.
'Ndrangheta, based in the southern Calabria region, has replaced Sicily's Cosa Nostra as Italy's richest and most powerful mafia, thanks to its domination of the European cocaine trade.
It has invested its drug profits in the legitimate economy of central and northern Italy.